Mini Persephone Readathon 1st – 3rd June 2018

Any excuse to pick up another Persephone is fine by me, and so I’ll be excited to take part in this little mini persephone readathon, hosted by the lovely Jessie over at DwellInPossibility  and it’s just a little laid back affair – my favourite kind of affair! – and just gives us a chance to read and chat all things Persephone!

Be sure to share your readathon experience and follow along with #PersephoneReadathon on social media as well.

And it is never easy to decide which book to pick up for these things, but I’ve gone for Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins.  I know very little about this book other than it’s based on a real life case, so I’m trying to avoid as many spoilers as I can and will just dive in and see how I get on with it – it has received rave reviews so that fills me with great hope!

When a handsome, unscrupulous fortune hunter approaches Harriet, a young woman of means whom most people would call half-witted, no good can result. Elizabeth Jenkins’s artistry, however, transforms the bare facts of this case from the annals of Victorian England’s Old Bailey into an absolutely spine-chilling exploration of the depths of human depravity.

✿✿✿

Have you read this book? Will you be taking part in the readathon? Look forward to seeing what everyone else picks up that weekend!!

Down the TBR Hole #11

I am back for  more organising fun!!  Still not quite there in being as streamlined as I want to be, so the process continues and I’m sure I’ll be uncovering more books that I had completely forgotten about! Beginning to wonder if I should be a little concerned about how many books I add that I have no recollection of when I look back!!

Very grateful to Lia @ Lost In A Story for thinking this little exercise up to help us all keep our growing TBR lists in some kind of order and under control!!  Let’s see what goodies/awful titles I’d wiped from my memory this time round……


Here is how it all works….

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
 THE DAY I LOST YOU by FIONNUALA KEARNEY
 

When Jess’s daughter, Anna, is reported lost in an avalanche, everything changes.

Left to explain her mother’s absence to Anna’s five-year-old daughter, Rose, Jess isn’t yet ready to admit to herself that her daughter might not be coming back. But Anna’s disappearance dredges up some life changing questions: Jess must uncover her daughter’s secret life – and unearth a secret that changes her world irrevocably.

The day I lost you was the day I discovered your secret life.

The day I lost you was the day you tore our family apart.

 
Really love the cover of this one, and the story does sound like a bit of an emotional rollercoaster! Might be a good read for a dark winter night!
 
Verdict – KEEP!!
 
THE TRIALS OF THE KING OF HAMPSHIRE by ELIZABETH FOYSTER
 

Every family has its skeletons, but in 1823 the grand Wallop family was about to share theirs with the world. The 3rd earl of Portsmouth was a peculiar man but, by most accounts, a harmless one. An aristocrat of enormous wealth, he kept company with England’s most famous names, inviting Jane Austen to balls and having Lord Byron as chief witness to his second marriage. For the first fifty years of his life he had moved with ease in high society, but at the age of fifty-five his own family set out to have him declared insane.
Elizabeth Foyster invites us into Freemasons’ Hall for the most extraordinary, expensive and controversial British insanity trial ever heard. Amid accusations of abductions, sodomy, blackmail and violence, jurors have to decide if Portsmouth is just a shy, stammering eccentric with foolish habits or a sinister madman attempting to mask his dangerous and immoral nature. Both provocative and heart-rending, The Trials of the King of Hampshire goes beyond the fate of a single man to question Georgian society and examine the treatment of the mentally ill and disabled both then and now

During Non-fiction November, I have rediscovered my love for non-fiction so spotting this one on my shelves has sparked my interest again!
Verdict – KEEP!!
 
THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY by HAZEL GAYNOR
 

Dolly Lane is a dreamer; a downtrodden maid who longs to dance on the London stage, but her life has been fractured by the Great War. Memories of the soldier she loved, of secret shame and profound loss, by turns pull her back and spur her on to make a better life.


When she finds employment as a chambermaid at London’s grandest hotel, The Savoy, Dolly takes a step closer to the glittering lives of the Bright Young Things who thrive on champagne, jazz and rebellion. Right now, she must exist on the fringes of power, wealth and glamor—she must remain invisible and unimportant.

But her fortunes take an unexpected turn when she responds to a struggling songwriter’s advertisement for a ‘muse’ and finds herself thrust into London’s exhilarating theatre scene and into the lives of celebrated actress, Loretta May, and her brother, Perry. Loretta and Perry may have the life Dolly aspires to, but they too are searching for something.

Now, at the precipice of the life she has and the one she longs for, the girl from The Savoy must make difficult choices: between two men; between two classes, between everything she knows and everything she dreams of. A brighter future is tantalizingly close—but can a girl like Dolly ever truly leave her past behind

I do like the sound of this but there doesn’t seem to be enough to get me to read it anytime soon.

VERDICT – GO!!

THE LITTLE PIECES OF YOU AND ME by VANESSA GREENE

When life as you know it changes, will it define you, destroy you or make you stronger?

Best friends Isla and Sophie made each other a promise a long time ago: to never let life pass them by. Years later, Isla is in love, living abroad and fulfilling her dreams. But for Sophie, things haven’t turned out the way she was expecting and she hasn’t achieved any of the things she and Isla talked about. And then, in one sudden moment, life irrevocably changes for both women.

Isla and Sophie have hard decisions to make but above all else they must face up to the uncertainty that lies ahead. It’s only when they realise that this is easier together, two friends standing side by side, that each woman can embrace whatever the future holds for them.

This has a few mixed reviews but I have read others from this author and enjoy her writing style.

VERDICT – KEEP!!

INVASION by LUKE RHINEHART

Super-intelligent furry aliens suddenly appear from another universe. And they’ve come to earth to have fun. “Louie” follows fisherman Billy Morton home one day and he and his family come quickly to love the playful alien. But when Louie starts using their computer to hack into government and corporate networks, and steal millions from banks to give to others, they realize that Louie and his friends mean trouble. Billy, his wife and two sons begin a roller-coaster ride of fame, fortune, jail, death, resurrection, and a distinguished ranking high on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” List. The Government soon decides that all these aliens are terrorists. They must be eliminated. The aliens are playing games they hope will help humans to see the insanity of the American political, economic and military systems. But the Powers that Be don’t play games: they make war.

I enjoyed The DiceMan by this author, and this sounds just as mad so might be good for a change despite more mixed reviews!

VERDICT – KEEP!!

THE HOUSE ON SUNSET LAKE by TASMINA PERRY

1995. Savannah, Georgia, where the sunsets are long and golden and the air is hot and heavy with promise. Student Jim Johnson isn’t happy when he has to abandon his plans of a carefree month of inter-railing to spend the summer in the Deep South with his mother and his father, a down-on-his luck author who has been sent to Savannah to rediscover his muse. But when Jim meets the beguiling Jennifer Wyatt, the daughter of the owners of Casa Seta, the mysterious plantation house on the shores of a lake, Jim knows he has made the right decision in coming along. Until an event happens that shatters Jim and Jennifer’s lives for ever and sets both their lives on a different course.

2015. Twenty Years later Casa Seta stands abandoned and neglected, a victim of tragic events that everyone wants to keep buried. But when Jim Johnson’s boss buys it as the latest acquisition to his hotel chain, Jim is forced to return to the house and restore it to its former glory. Fate throws him back into the orbit of Jennifer Wyatt, the woman his heart has never truly got over, but as he tries to put the ghosts of the past behind him, he unearths a chilling secret that makes him wonder what he has ever really known about the people he loves

The cover is very pretty but the blurb has left me feeling a little flat…

VERDICT – GO!!

WAKE IN WINTER by NADEZHDA BELENKAYA

Nina’s graduate program at Moscow University isn’t exactly cheap. So when she is offered work translating for Spanish families looking to adopt orphans from the provincial town of Rogozhin, she quickly agrees. Besides the much-needed money it brings, the job is a great opportunity for Nina to use her education to help people in hardship.


But soon she finds that nothing is as it seems. By the time Nina realizes that all too often the business of international adoption is not a humanitarian enterprise, she’s in too deep. Will she be able to navigate a world of exploitation and political corruption in order to help the children? Or should she return to the much simpler world of academia and leave the orphans behind?

Wake in Winter is a captivating story of one woman’s choice in the face of a shattering discovery

Not sure why this was on my list! I think there must be gremlins adding books to my TBR list!!

VERDICT – GO!!

THE WHITE CAMELLIA by JULIET GREENWOOD

Cornwall. 1909

The great Tressillion family is ruined. As Bea is forced to leave Tressillion House, self-made businesswoman Sybil moves in. In a world where the old rules are starting to break down, this one choice will change both their lives forever…
Sybil buys the abandoned great house even though she is tempted to tear it down. The village sees only a rich American hotel-owner. Nobody recognises the young girl who left years ago with nothing but a desperate need for revenge. Buying the house is her triumph — but now what? As the house casts its spell over her, as she starts to make friends in the village despite herself, will she be able to build a new life here, or will her old ghosts and hatred always rule her heart?

Bea finds herself in London, responsible for her mother and sister’s security. Her only hope is to marry Jonathon, the new heir. He seems kind, but is he hiding something? Desperate for options, she stumbles into the White Camellia tearoom, a gathering place for the growing suffrage movement. For Bea it’s life-changing, introducing her to new friends, new ideas, maybe love, maybe even a chance to work and support herself. But it’s dangerous, risking arrest or worse. Can she follow her dreams without bringing yet more scandal on her family?

When those very dangers send the White Camellia friends back to Cornwall, Bea and Sybil must finally confront each other. Will long buried family secrets on both sides now destroy them both?

This sounds a fabulous historical fiction book and one that I need to get reading very soon!!

VERDICT – KEEP!!
 
THE LONELY LIFE OF BIDDY WEIR  by LESLEY ALLEN
 

A stark but uplifting story of bullying and redemption, for anyone who’s ever been a weirdo.

Almost too terrified to grip the phone, Biddy Weir calls a daytime television show.

The subject is bullying, and Biddy has a story to tell.

Abandoned by her mother as a baby, Biddy lives in her own little world, happy to pass her time watching the birds – until Alison Fleming joins her school.

Popular and beautiful, but with a dangerous, malevolent streak, Alison quickly secures the admiration of her fellow students. All except one. And Alison doesn’t take kindly to people who don’t fit her mould . . .

A story of abuse and survival, of falling down and of starting again, and of one woman’s battle to learn to love herself for who she is, The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir is Lesley Allen’s startlingly honest debut novel, perfect for fans of Rowan Coleman and Julie Cohen

I really love the sound of this story and the cover is rather beautiful too!

VERDICT – KEEP!!

SILENCE IS GOLDFISH by ANNABEL PITCHER

‘I have a voice but it isn’t mine. It used to say things so I’d fit in – to please my parents, to please my teachers. It used to tell the universe I was something I wasn’t. It lied.’ Fifteen-year-old Tess doesn’t mean to become mute. At first, she’s just too shocked to speak. And who wouldn’t be? Discovering your whole life has been a lie because your dad isn’t your real father is a pretty big deal. Tess sets out to find the truth of her identity, and uncovers a secret that could ruin multiple lives. But can she ask for help when she’s forgotten how to use her voice?

Intrigued by the cover, but not enough to read more!

VERDICT – GO!!

Fairly productive then today with 4 off the list! Only a billion more to wipe off the list and all will be well in the world of my TBR mountain organising!  Or should I have kept more?! Or should more go?! Would love your feedback if you have read any of the above titles!

HAPPY READING!!

Down the TBR Hole #10

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I am back!! The organising of books is still in need of some serious attention so time to attack the TBR list again from GoodReads to see what goodies (and baddies) that I’ve added over the years and forgotten about!!  With some of them I am beginning to think that I either add them while I’m asleep, or there is a ghost me that just adds random books as a laugh!!  Can’t all be my doing surely??!!!

Very grateful to Lia @ Lost In A Story for thinking this little exercise up to help us all keep our growing TBR lists in some kind of order and under control!!  Let’s see what goodies/awful titles I’d wiped from my memory this time round……


Here is how it all works….

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Madeleine is Sleeping by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

sleeping

When a girl falls into a deep and impenetrable sleep, the borders between her provincial French village and the peculiar, beguiling realm of her dreams begin to disappear: A fat woman sprouts delicate wings and takes flight; a failed photographer stumbles into the role of pornographer; a beautiful young wife grows to resemble her husband’s viol. And in their midst travels Madeleine, the dreamer, who is trying to make sense of her own metamorphosis as she leaves home, joins a gypsy circus, and falls into an unexpected triangle of desire and love.

This sounds completely mad and bizarre – I think I might like it!!

Verdict – KEEP!!

BITTER FRUITS by ALICE CLARK-PLATTS

BITTER

Detective Inspector Erica Martin’s first case in the university city of Durham is Emily Brabents, a first-year student, who is found dead in the river.

DI Martin visits Joyce College, a cradle for the country’s future elite, and finds a close-knit community full of secrets, jealousy and obsession.

Her search reveals a vicious online trolling culture but could Emily, from the privileged and popular crowd, have been a victim? Should the sudden confession to the murder by the student president be believed?

And just who is the mysterious Daniel Shepherd whose name keeps appearing in the investigation…?

Another one of those books that I don’t remember adding – do love the cover though!  Does sound like a fascinating debut with some good reviews…

VERDICT – KEEP!!

BLUE DAHLIA by NORA ROBERTS

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Recently widowed Stella Rothschild has found a new love in Logan Kitridge. But there is someone who isn’t happy about Stella’s growing feelings for Logan: the Harper Bride, an unidentified woman whose grief and rage have kept her spirit alive long past the death of her body.

Why do so many of these books have such pretty covers?! And I do love a Dahlia!!  This is the start of a trilogy… I’ve got to give it a go really haven’t i?!

Verdict – KEEP!!

PLOTTED IN CORNWALL by JANIE BOLITHO

CORNWALL

Painter and photographer Rose Trevelyan, has been commissioned to paint the portraits of two sisters in a remote farmhouse on Bodmin Moor. Rose’s curiosity is aroused when she hears, through a talented young pupil she teaches at evening classes, that the sisters might possibly have something to hide. When she also learns that two of the pupils’ relatives have disappeared Rose starts to wonder whether one of the missing pair may have been murdered. DI Jack Pearce refuses to take her seriously but Rose carries on regardless – and uncovers secrets her protege’s family would rather she had left alone.

why are so many books set in Cornwall I wonder?!  This sounds like an easy read, but not really exciting me enough re-reading the blurb to make me want to pick it up anytime soon..

VERDICT – GO!!

A COLD SEASON by ALISON LITTLEWOOD

COLD

Cass is building a new life for herself and her young son Ben after the death of her soldier husband Pete, returning to the village where she lived as a child. But their idyllic new home is not what she expected: the other flats are all empty, there’s strange graffiti on the walls, and the villagers are a bit odd. And when an unexpectedly heavy snowstorm maroons the village, things get even harder. Ben is changing, he’s surly and aggressive and Cass’s only confidant is the smooth, charming Theodore Remick, the stand-in headmaster. Not everyone approves of Cass’s growing closeness to Mr Remick, and it soon becomes obvious he’s not all he appears to be either. If she is to protect her beloved son, Cass is going to have to fight back. Cass realises this is not the first time her family have been targeted by Theodore Remick. But this time, the stakes are immeasurably higher…

I have enjoyed reading books from this author in the past.  This was her debut work and although it intrigues me it seems to have received mixed reviews…

VERDICT – GO!!

SILENT SCREAM by ANGELA MARSONS

SCREAM

 

Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…

Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood . . .

Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.

But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.

As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?

Suffering a little recently from crime fatigue and in need of lighter reads..

VERDICT – GO!!

THE COUNTENANCE DIVINE by MICHAEL HUGHES

DIVINE

An ambitious, engrossing and multi-layered debut novel

‘Michael Hughes writes like a brilliant cross between David Mitchell and Hilary Mantel’ Toby Litt

In 1999 a programmer is trying to fix the millennium bug, but can’t shake the sense he’s been chosen for something.

In 1888, five women are brutally murdered in the East End by a troubled young man in thrall to a mysterious master.

In 1777 an apprentice engraver called William Blake has a defining spiritual experience; thirteen years later this vision returns.

And in 1666, poet and revolutionary John Milton completes the epic for which he will be remembered centuries later.

But where does the feeling come from that the world is about to end?

That cover!! Wonder why I put this one on the list?!  And by the reviews it seems to be one of those ‘marmite’ books – either loved or hated! So I think that has tempted me a little more to give it a try..

VERDICT – KEEP!!

MURDER WITH PEACOCKS by DONNA ANDREWS

PEACOCKS

Three Weddings…And a Murder


So far Meg Langslow’s summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she’s maid of honor at the nuptials of three loved ones–each of whom has dumped the planning in her capable hands. One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another wants live peacocks on the lawn. Only help from the town’s drop-dead gorgeous hunk, disappointingly rumored to be gay, keeps Meg afloat in a sea of dotty relatives and outrageous neighbors.

And, in a whirl of summer parties and picnics, Southern hospitality is strained to the limit by an offensive newcomer who hints at skeletons in the guests’ closets. But it seems this lady has offended one too many when she’s found dead in suspicious circumstances, followed by a string of accidents–some fatal. Soon, level-headed Meg’s to-do list extends from flower arrangements and bridal registries to catching a killer–before the next catered event is her own funeral…

Was recommeded this series by a friend and it looks to be a fun easy read… and we all need more of those in our lives!!

VERDICT – KEEP!!

THE PRIMROSE PATH by REBECCA GRIFFITHS

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Haunted by her past. In danger from her present. Isolated, alone, vulnerable. Sometimes the danger is closer than you think. As a teenager, Sarah D’Villez famously escaped a man who abducted and held her hostage for eleven days. The case became notorious, with Sarah’s face splashed across the front of every newspaper in the country. Now, seventeen years later, that man is about to be released from prison. Fearful of the media storm that is sure to follow, Sarah decides to flee to rural Wales under a new identity, telling nobody where she’s gone. Settling into the small community she is now part of, Sarah soon realises that someone is watching her. Someone who seems to know everything about her …

The Primrose Path is a tense, twisty, atmospheric suspense thriller that will make sure you leave all your lights on at night.

Another psychological thriller and I’m not sure if I’ve had my fill of the genre for a while but then again there are some good reviews….

VERDICT – KEEP (for now!)

THE ONE HUNDRED NIGHTS OF HERO by ISABEL GREENBERG

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In the tradition of The Arabian Nights, a beautifully illustrated tapestry of folk tales and myths about the secret legacy of female storytellers in an imagined medieval world.

In the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in one hundred nights, he can have his castle–and Cherry.

But what Jerome doesn’t know is that Cherry is in love with her maid Hero. The two women hatch a plan: Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers, will distract Manfred by regaling him with a mesmerizing tale each night for 100 nights, keeping him at bay. Those tales are beautifully depicted here, touching on themes of love and betrayal and loyalty and madness.

As intricate and richly imagined as the works of Chris Ware, and leavened with a dry wit that rivals Kate Beaton’s in Hark! A Vagrant, Isabel Greenberg’s One Hundred Nights of Hero will capture readers’ hearts and minds, taking them through a magical medieval world.

Another recommendation from the many BookTube channels I view, this sounds like an amazing escapism read with beautiful illustrations..

VERDICT – KEEP!!

So 3 have made it off my list for now! Have I made the right choices?! Do I need to put some back or add some more to go?! Always happy to hear your advice!!!

Down the TBR Hole #9

hello all!! I’m back again with another little rummage through my TBR pile on GoodReads to see if I can begin to make any sense of it all – so far, not so good LOL!! I just think I’m destined  to be overwhelmed by the number and variety of books on the pile!!  What is it with books that leads us all astray all the time?!!  They say less is more, not when it comes to books it seems!!!  

Very grateful to Lia @ Lost In A Story for thinking this little exercise up to help us all keep our growing TBR lists in some kind of order and under control!!  Let’s see what goodies/awful titles I’d wiped from my memory this time round……


Here is how it all works….

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Click on the title if you’d like to read the blurb for each book via GoodReads…

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish 

I am a little concerned by the split in reviews!  Some seem to love it, others hate it!! And I immediately think that I’d probably be in the hate camp which puts me off starting it! Can i toss a coin to decide on this one??!!   Maybe I’ll read one chapter…..

Verdict – KEEP (but it’s 50/50!!)

Arcadia by Iain Pears

I have started this and it has got off to a bit of a slow start, but I’ve heard so many good things about this that I think it is one I need to stick with and invest some real time in to enjoy!!

Verdict – KEEP!!

In Another Life by Carys Jones

This book has a really interesting concept with fantasy elements and that is what drew me in to add it to my TBR pile.  Could be good for a rainy day…

Verdict – KEEP!

The Trees by Ali Shaw

That cover!!! Do I need to say anymore?!!  Sometimes, that’s all the reason I need to keep a book!! Shallow?! Who me?! 

Verdict – KEEP!!

Rare Objects by Kathleen Tessaro

I have a couple of other Kathleen Tessaro novels on my bookshelves, so think I added this one to complete the set, although I’m still to read any of her other ones! Not sure which one to start with?!

Verdict – GO!!

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

I’m feeling a little ‘psychological drama’ book fatigue at the moment (is it me or are there just too many?!) so I think I added this when the genre was starting off, but not sure it is for me now.

Verdict – GO!!

The Secret of Orchard Cottage by Alexandra Brown

I always enjoy books from this author and the rather picturesque cover got me interested in reading this one!

Verdict – KEEP!!

Always with Love by Giovanna Fletcher

Giovanna seems a staple now in the romance fiction market, and always seems to create a wonderful world to escape into! Read the first in this series quite a while ago now, so looking forward to getting back to the characters very soon!

Verdict – KEEP!!

Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg

Torn with this one too!! The cover is a stunner so that is why I picked it up, but it appears from other reviews that it has split the reading community! Another one that I might need to approach with a couple of chapters and see how I get on with it!

Verdict – KEEP!!

Smoke by Dan Vyleta

Another book I was drawn to for the cover and blurb, and it seems another book that has split those who have read it!  The premise sounds fascinating!  Think I’m going to have to give it a try and see if I ‘get it’!

Verdict – KEEP!!

The Paris Secret by Karen Swan

Another gorgeous,dreamy cover! But I need to get tougher and wonder why I’ve still not got round to picking it up to read?!

Verdict – GO!!

The Garden Awakening by Mary Reynolds

I always love reading about gardens and different approaches to gardening and this sounds like something a little different!

Verdict  – KEEP!!

The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho

Added this to the TBR pile after reading Sorcerer to the Crown by the same author – which I loved. This seems to be a Kindle novella.

Verdict – GO!!

Sunshine over Wildflower Cottage by Milly Johnson

An author who I always turn to for a fun, comforting read and this sounds like another story right up my street!!

Verdict – KEEP!!

This Savage Song by V.E.Schwab

I love the Darker Shade of Magic series, so looking forward to reading different work from the author! Ooh and i got a signed copy so this is definitely being kept!!

Verdict – KEEP!!

Well that went quite well, although not well enough if i’m ever going to regain control of the TBR pile!! Have I made the right choices?! Or have I kept the wrong ones, and chucked out some stunners?! Please feel free to let me know your opinions! I can be swayed to change!!

HAPPY READING!!

Down the TBR hole #8

I have returned to the world of organising my bookshelves!!! Well, for one week at least!!  With the amount of books that have made their way into my world recently I really should be eager to get on top of the TBR mountain that is now consuming every room in the house as I run out of space – thank the lord for many copies being of the ‘e’ variety so I can pretend they don’t exist!!

Very grateful to Lia @ Lost In A Story for thinking this little exercise up to help us all keep our growing TBR lists in some kind of order and under control!!  Let’s see what goodies/awful titles I’d wiped from my memory this time round……


Here is how it all works….

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Click on the title if you’d like to read the blurb for each book via GoodReads…

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Still to read the first in this series –  Red Queen – I do enjoy escaping into fantasy series so hopefully I can maybe do the whole series together, although heard a few disappointing reviews about this one… that is slightly offputting! 

Verdict – KEEP!!

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Not sure where I heard about this series, but it sounds fabulous!! Magic?! Yes please! I’m sold!!

Verdict – KEEP!!

Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

Another one of those books that I don’t remember adding.  I’m a little intrigued as I re-read the blurb but not enough to make me dive straight in.

Verdict – GO!!

A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter

I’m fascinated by those who live double lives and this sounds a really interesting spy thriller!

Verdict – KEEP!!

Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

OOh a tree on the cover? Oooh and a fantasy series?! Tell me more!!!

Verdict – KEEP!!

Death of an Owl by Paul Torday

Yep, there’s an owl on the cover so that’s what grabbed my attention!  It does sound like something very different from my normal reads but I don’t think there’s enough pull for me to pick this up anytime soon.  Still love the cover though!

Verdict – GO!!

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

I’m yet to read anything by this author, and I keep hearing of how well she captures the historical elements of a story.  A mix of reviews is making me think I should maybe try something else of hers first?

Verdict – GO!!

Who’s that Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane

Always looking for light, fun reads and I’ve heard good things about this one.  My brain needs lighter reads on the TBR mountain!!

Verdict – KEEP!!

Finding Sarah by Wendy Lou Jones

Drawn in by the gorgeous blooms on the cover, I’m intrigued by this one as it has received some rave reviews but only 21 of them so hopefully I can add to the reviewer list soon!

Verdict – KEEP!!

The Perfect Girl by Gilly MacMillan

Is it wrong that the fact that it’s recommended for fans of Girl on the Train and Gone Girl has put me right off reading this one??!

Verdict – GO!!

Ooh a whole 4 books off the TBR mountain!! I think that’s a record!!  Ooh this means I have gaps on my shelves again! I think I need to rectify this immediately…….. uh-oh!!! #fail 

So have I made the right choices of ones to keep or get rid of?! I’m easily swayed so please let me know if I’ve made the wrong decisions!! I won’t swear at you… honest!!

HAPPY READING!!

Down the TBR Hole #7

I have returned to blitz my bookshelves!!  My organising  has gone a little off track in the past couple of weeks, so I’m sat here watching Agent Carter (another one of those shows that I loved and they cancelled it way too early!!) and making a to do list again of all I want to sort out! And top of the list is books!! As always!!  So time to see if I can reduce the TBR mountain to a TBR hill……. I’m not holding out much hope but a girl can dream!!

Very grateful to Lia @ Lost In A Story for thinking this little exercise up to help us all keep our growing TBR lists in some kind of order and under control!!  Let’s see what goodies/awful titles I’d wiped from my memory this time round……


Here is how it all works….

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Click on the title if you’d like to read the blurb for each book via GoodReads…

These Days of Ours by Juliet Ashton

Think I must have added this to the list through a GoodReads competition – you know when they make you add it to your TBR list in order to get an entry?! – and I do love the cover but re-reading the blurb hasn’t made me want to rush to read it.

Verdict – GO!

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Camille Rose Garcia version

Stumbled across these versions of classic books that have been illustrated by Camille Rose Garcia and adore the style she uses so had to rush out and start creating my own collection! And any excuse to re-read Alice in Wonderland is always fine by me!!

Verdict – KEEP!!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Sold to me on the basis that it is the perfect read for geeks who loved the 80’s and 90’s, how could I say no!!  And now there is a movie to be released very soon… definitely need to bump it up the TBR pile!!

Verdict – KEEP!!

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Always love a good fantasy series and I have heard rave things about this – but then I’ve also heard not so rave reviews so I’m a little bit concerned it could be a marmite read! I’ll either love it or hate it!! Only time will tell I guess!

Verdict – KEEP!!

The Olive Branch by Jo Thomas

Got this as a summer read as I do love a story that is set in sunnier lands, and of those that try something new in their life.  But just haven’t been tempted to dive in.

Verdict – GO!!

The Silk Merchant’s Daughter by Dinah Jefferies

I adored The Separation and The Tea Planter’s Wife from this author so have been eager to read anything she releases so hoping this lives up to her previous standards!

Verdict – KEEP!!

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

I am not a big horror fan!!  In fact I’m a big scaredy cat! But I always intend to try some more in the horror genre so I heard good reports about this one – and then the reviews scared me so I’ve put off starting to read it!!  Maybe I should save it for Halloween?!

Verdict – KEEP!!

The Ballroom by Anna Hope

Bought this not long after finishing Wake by this author, as that was a wondeful tale, and I loved the blurb off this one so another that needs to be bumped up the TBR pile!!

Verdict – KEEP!!

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Another book I’ve been recommended by friends to read and the start of a series that seems to get nothing but praise!  Do love a good mystery!

Verdict – KEEP!!

The Kindness of Enemies by Leila Aboulela

One of those books that I felt I should read at the time it was released, but not sure it will be my kind of thing now I’m re-reading the blurb

Verdict – GO!!

And another blitz on the shelves is over! Wahoo!!!  And yet more books that need bumping up the TBR pile that I’d forgotten all about!  Nice to see a good mix of genres again in the list! I’m always concerned when I look back at books I’ve added that they’re all going to be a little too alike but it seems that my random attitude towards books continues!!

HAPPY READING!!

Welcome back!! More organising to be done!! If only every aspect of my life could be organised this easily!! Maybe that’s an idea for future blog posts!! Might make sorting through my wardrobe a little easier!!

Very grateful to Lia @ Lost In A Story for thinking this little exercise up to help us all keep our growing TBR lists in some kind of order and under control!!  Let’s see what goodies/awful titles I’d wiped from my memory this time round……


Here is how it all works….

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Click on the title if you’d like to read the blurb for each book via GoodReads…

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Who remembers the fuss when this was released?!  And how could I resist such a stunning cover! So why have I not got round to reading this yet?!  Consider myself told off and I’m definitely bumping this up the TBR pile as I need to see if the fuss was right!

Verdict – KEEP!!

The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien

I have my mum to blame for my interest in historical fiction! It is all she reads and she’s always recommending titles to me and this is one of those titles! So I have to do what my mum says right?! 😉

Verdict – KEEP!!

Pawn of the Phoenix by Jamie McLachlan

I loved the first in the series Mind of the Phoenix so can remember being eager to read more, and still I’ve not got round to reading this so would love to find out how the story continues.

Verdict – KEEP!!

Clarity by Loretta Lost

Can’t remember adding this one to begin with, although the cover is very striking, and the blurb and mixed reviews have made my mind up as to whether I want to read it…

Verdict – Go!!

The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert

Other than a bizarre cover and a link to fairy tales,  I can think of no other reason as to why I’ve added this to my list!

Verdict – Go!!

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Think I might be in the minority as to still not have read The Kite Runner – I know, telling myself off again! – so I have heard this is another one of those ‘must read’ books.

Verdict – Keep!!

The Widow by Fiona Barton

Lucky enough to have won a signed copy of this when it was first released so it has been patiently sitting on my shelves since that moment! Heard many good things about this thriller so I look forward to reading it very soon!

Verdict – Keep!!

Wildwood by Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis

I think I heard about this on a BookTube Channel and it just sounded like my kind of book – a bit of fantasy and escapism.  The mixed reviews on GoodReads are a little troubling wrong but think it is going to be one of those books I need to try for myself and give it a chance!

Verdict – Keep!!

The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans

Drawn in by the cute cover and the easy to read vibes, but now drawn in enough to pick it up yet even though it sounds like it’s a book that is right up my street.

Verdict – Go!!

The Little Old Lady who Struck Lucky Again by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

I remember enjoying the first in this series, The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules, back in 2014 so another one of those that I was interested to follow their exploits but my interest seems to have waned over the years!

Verdict – Go!!

Well, that was more successful as it went on! I was beginning to worry I’d have a clean sweep of keeping them all!! I’m just getting tougher the more tired I become!!  Have I made the right choices?! Dare to make me change my mind?! Would love your comments!!


HAPPY READING!!!

Down the TBR Hole #5

Here I am back again with another attempt at getting my bookshelves organised!! I will get there…. someday! If only I could stop adding to them!! 

Very grateful to Lia @ Lost In A Story for thinking this little exercise up to help us all keep our growing TBR lists in some kind of order and under control!!  Let’s see what I find that I’d forgotten about this week…


Here is how it all works….

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Click on the title if you’d like to read the blurb for each book via GoodReads…

Winter’s Children by Leah Fleming

Another one of those books I can’t remember adding but must have been near Christmas as the cover is rather pretty! Not sure if the blurb has recaptured my heart again re-reading it…

Verdict – GO!

Humbugs and Heartstrings by Catherine Ferguson

See, knew there was a theme!! Back to Christmas again and another pretty cover! But my frame of mind is not for anything festive just yet so not too bothered about letting this one go

Verdict – GO!

Maverick One by David Blakeley

Pathfinder by David Blakeley

confession time! I have a crush on David Blakeley!Sshh don’t tell anyone!  So that meant I had to pick up his books and they’ve been sitting on my shelves ever since!  But I do intend to read more non-fiction/memoirs and they both sound fascinating reads

Verdict – KEEP BOTH!

From Paris with love this Christmas by Jules Wake

ooh another Christmas book?!  I am beginning  to worry about myself!  Re-reading the blurb hasn’t made me want to pick this up any sooner..

Verdict – GO!!

City of Illusions by Judith Works

I remember adding this to my list and being in love with the cover and the sound of the story.  It has less than 25 reviews on GoodReads but they all sing its’ praises so I’m determined to get to it this year!

Verdict – KEEP!

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship of her own making by Catherynne M. Valente

This cover!! Fairytales!!  Dragons!!

Verdict – KEEP!!

The Moonlit Garden by Corina Bomann, Alison Layland

This was a Kindle purchase and it sounded intriguing from the blurb – and any mention of a garden normally has me sold! So for 99p I couldn’t resist  – it has had some mixed reviews so I might start it and see how I go!

Verdict – KEEP!

Persuasion by Jane Austen

So many classics that I’ve still to read… shame on me!!

Verdict – KEEP!!

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

Stick a tree on a cover of a book and 99 times out of 100 I will add it to my TBR!  And so I bought this when it came out and still it watches over me on my shelves! I MUST read this soon!

Verdict – KEEP!

So I’ve managed to get rid of 3 so that’s progress!!  Or should I have kept some of those and got rid of others?! Always interested to hear your opinions if you’ve read any of the above!! 

 Still not getting easier but I’m still being good and not adding random books to the list… just yet!

HAPPY READING!!

Down the TBR Hole #4

Greetings!! Back today with another little Down the TBR Hole excursion!  I’m really aware now I’m doing this and finding it is stopping me adding so many ‘random’ books to the TBR pile so it is already paying dividends.. .whether I can keep up this good behaviour is another matter! But it’s fun being a good girl for a while at least!!  

Very grateful to Lia @ Lost In A Story for thinking this little exercise up to help us all keep our growing TBR lists in some kind of order and under control!!  Let’s see what I find that I’d forgotten about this week…


Here is how it all works….

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Click on the title if you’d like to read the blurb for each book via GoodReads…

Ready? Steady? GO!!!

The First 15 Lives of Harry August by Claire North

I bought the hardback of this book as I remember hearing good things to begin with and it sounds like a really intriguing plot

Verdict – KEEP!

The Three by Sarah Lotz

According to my GoodReads record I have this in hardback form… ok then so where have I hidden it around the house?! LOL!!  This had me intrigued from the blurb as it sounds like a real mystery although reading through some of the reviews has me a little worried!  This might be a ‘read for a few chapters and see what I think’ kind of book

Verdict – KEEP …for now, if I can find it!

The Watchers by Neil Spring

This book is based on actual events and I’ve always been fascinated by UFO’s so this is what got me interested in reading this book in the first place

Verdict – KEEP!

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I got this after I read The Muse, which I loved, and not sure why I’ve not found time to read it yet as it did seem to receive a lot of hype when it was first released..

Verdict – KEEP!

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

I’ve read a number of this authors’ books and am a fan, although I was slightly annoyed at the ending of ‘Behind Her Eyes’ which has just got me mad again just thinking about it! So that is slightly putting me off starting this one in case it’s another book that makes me mad.

Verdict – GO!

The Christmas Cafe by Amanda Prowse

Getting quite seasonal with a few festive books beginning to appear!  One of those books that appealed to me at the time but doesn’t seem to be a big enough of a pull to make me pick it up!

Verdict – GO!!

Finding the Snowdon Lily by Heather Pardoe

This is a short little novella by Endeavour Press and I was attracted to it because of the stunning cover and the blurb so hoping to get to read this very soon!

Verdict – KEEP!

183 Times a Year by Eva Jordan

Heard nothing but good things about this one and have a copy thanks to Urbane Publications Book Club so this is on my pile to read this year… hopefully!

Verdict – KEEP!

The Sentinel by Holly Martin

I have loved reading all of Holly Martins’ books so am intrigued to read this one as it sounds like a good mix of YA, sci-fi and mystery!

Verdict – KEEP!!

My So Called (Love) Life by A.L. Michael

I read Goodbye Ruby Tuesday from this author and really enjoyed it so that is when I added this one to the pile!  Sounds like an entertaining read so could be perfect for a sunny afternoon in the garden, or a rainy night indoors!

Verdict – KEEP!!

And that is another 10 books all sorted and organised!!  Don’t think I’ve got rid of as many as I would have liked but maybe the next 10 I go through will turn up some likelier candidates! Or maybe I just need to get tougher on my choices!!

HAPPY READING!!

Down the TBR Hole #3

I’m back!  Time to get organised again! Well, at least pretend to in the hope that my book buying habits can be curtailed by going back over to my TBR list on GoodReads and realising that I just can’t possibly read ALL THE BOOKS!!  Hey, but it’s fun trying!! 😉

Very grateful to Lia @ Lost In A Story for thinking this little exercise up!!

Here is how it all works….

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
Click on the title if you’d like to read the blurb for each book via GoodReads…
 
 
Ready? Steady? GO!!!
 
 
 

I loved A Home in Sunset Bay by Rebecca, so I put this on my TBR as this is her debut. It just sounds like a fabulous escapism read – perfect for a summer day!

Verdict – KEEP!

Silently Still by Julieanne Lynch

I have heard good reports of this book from a few friends so put it on my TBR pile quite a while ago. Not sure why I’ve not picked it up yet although maybe the emotional element is putting me off a little! Maybe I’ll save it for the Autumn!

Verdict – KEEP!

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Got the hardback version of this as it just sounds like a fabulous read – and it looks gorgeous too!

Verdict  – KEEP!!

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Having read the prequel to this – The Mermaid Girl – I had to rush out and get this once I’d finished as I loved the style of writing and the setting so will definitely be bumping this up my TBR pile!

Verdict – KEEP!!

The Story of Us by Dani Atkins

Another book where I enjoyed another from the author – Fractured – so I was intrigued to read more. Obviously not that intrigued as I’ve not been tempted to start reading it yet!

Verdict – GO!!

After You by JoJo Moyes

Me Before You was one of those books that was such a outstanding read that to know there’s more of the story to be told was a big draw for adding this to my TBR… but the more reviews I read and the more I hear from others, the more I’m tempted to skip this and leave it well alone!

Verdict – GO!!

The Marble Collector by Cecilia Ahern

I was bought this for Christmas when it was first released so it has been watching over me from my bookshelves ever since! I do enjoy Cecilia Ahern and her books so am sure I will get round to this sooner rather than later

Verdict – KEEP!!

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

A book with a dog in it!  How can I not have read this yet?!  I’m a sucker for a story featuring animals and this has received some rave reviews from friends I know who’ve read it…

Verdict – KEEP!!

Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

I read How I Live Now and enjoyed that so only added this to my TBR list due to the author.  It hasn’t really grabbed my interest again though as I read through the blurb again though so time to be tough…

Verdict – GO!!

The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I love this author and found a hardback copy in a local charity shop.  Know very little about the story itself but still intrigued to read it!

Verdict – KEEP!!

All done!! All organised for another week!! I love how this method is making me revisit books that I’ve long forgotten about!  And how it has made me itching to read other books that have been languishing hidden for so long!! 

If only there were more hours in the day!!

HAPPY READING!!